Friday, May 20, 2011

Will the rapture occur Saturday?

Will the rapture happen tomorrow – Saturday, May 21st ?

Harold Camping guarantees it.  He recalculated the calculations he uses that incorrectly predicted the same event in 1994. Here’s my vote: I’m still preparing a sermon for Sunday!

So, what might really happen?

(a)    Camping is right and the rapture occurs Saturday. Not likely, since the Bible clearly tells us “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matt. 24:36, 24:42-44). Granted, someone could accidentally predict the right day, but not because they calculated it using the Bible, in contradiction to the Bible itself. I tried looking at Camping's calculations, but got lost in the assumptions and details. 

(b)   Skeptics and unbelievers will make fun of Christians in general. Even those of us who don’t agree with Camping (and others like him) will get lumped in. Not surprisingly, this is already happening: “Some of those skeptical of the prophecy are planning on celebrating Saturday with tongue-in-cheek ‘rapture parties,’ LiveScience reports. Tacoma, Wash., non-believer Paul Case told the Seattle Times that he wants to celebrate on Saturday because if the Rapture does happen, and all Christians are lifted to heaven, ‘we know as atheists, we're not going.’” (“PR campaign for the apocalypse seems to be working”, Yahoo! News, posted Thursday, May 19).

(c)    Camping is wrong, and the world will wake up to a normal regular Sunday like it has for centuries.
I vote (b) and (c).
How can believers respond when stories like this pop up in our world?
First, remember Jesus is, in fact, returning some day. I don’t know when He will come, but the Scriptures make it clear that He will return (1 Thess. 4:15, for example). We may disagree on the details of how His coming will unfold (pre-trib, pre-wrath, mid-trib, post-trib, premillenial, post millennial, amillenial, and the list goes on), but not on the fact of His coming!
Second, believing He will return should impact our living today. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (2 Pet. 3:10-11). Knowing the end of the story should influence what we do while we are still someplace in the middle of the story!
Third, when people talk about Camping’s predictions, talk with them. Don’t ridicule Camping (I think plenty of others will take care of that), but instead ask questions about what they believe. Remember the movie, 2012? Not a great movie (I wouldn’t even rank it high enough to be a really bad movie!), but knowing that people went to the movie opened doors to talk with them about the future. Camping’s predictions can do the same. We can use false prophesies about the future to open doors to talk to people about the truth, especially when they start the conversation!

Will the rapture happen Saturday? I don’t think so. See you Sunday!


  1. Thank you, Mr. Fankhauser, for offering a sound opinion :)
    -Julia Drake

  2. The whole situation sort of reminds me of the tongue-in-cheek bumper sticker: "Jesus is coming! Everyone look busy!"

    Personally, while I look forward to deliverance from the headaches of this world, I am at the same time hoping He waits--there is still much to do in this world, and I hate leaving things unfinished. :)

  3. Well said Rog! 100% behind you.
    Rocky Banovac

  4. I believe we as belivers, should live each day as if that day will be THE DAY! I want the Lord to find me faithful when He returns. I don't want to be ashamed at His coming, whenever that may be. I agree with you, Roger. I vote "C".

  5. nice insights, Roger. THanks for the post. Check out mine as well, if you will -

  6. Thanks, Roger! God's timing is perfect:) I had just received a call from my sister questioning this whole prediction thing. She seemed a bit concerned, yet she knows the truth. She and her family were headed to Disneyland today. I shared my thoughts with her (among which was she would either wake up in the Magic Kingdom today or on her way to the Eternal Kingdom...which would even be better), then, within minutes, your blog showed up. I forwarded your insight from God to help put her at ease. Thanks, friend! Wish we could see you preaching on Sunday. Are your sermons taped for download on an MP3? Blessings to you and Debbie!

  7. And the verdict is - definitely "c", with a high liklihood of "b".

  8. Will the Rapture occur Saturday?

    Well, the answer isn't hard to figure, is it? There is EXACTLY one chance in seven! :)